November 12, 2008 8:44am CST
'A human being is part of a whole, called by us Universe, a part of limited time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest...a kind of optical delusion of conciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires, and to affection for the persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.' Nicely put.